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Something interesting is happening in the Swedish city of Malmö. For months, some 500 Roma migrants, most from Bulgaria and Romania, have been illegally squatting on a private industrial property in the city, refusing to leave. Apart from illegally squatting on someone else’s land, the migrants have been causing a health and safety issue, leaving tons of waste (human and otherwise) and using hazardous gas to fuel stoves.
Today, after months of complacency from the Swedish government and the city of Malmö, the migrants are being forcibly moved by more than 800 police officers; and even though it’s still early hours, fighting and violent protests have started in and around the property.
This has become the pet issue for the ubiquitous left in this country, something I find distressing, to say the least. What they tend to forget is that the law has been completely derailed here, that property laws and private ownership are being overlooked (to put it understatedly), and that a separate society (read: slum) has been created on this lot, policed by young men who are keeping out the very society to which they claim to want to belong.
The people protesting the removal of these migrants are mostly middle-class youth who have never known what it is to work and earn something, and who assume that everyone can have everything for nothing. The man who owns this property knows better, though. He hasn’t been able to use his lot for almost a year because it’s been illegally occupied. Swedish society has failed him by allowing this to go on.
This represents a shame on Malmö, the local authorities, and the Swedish government. The world-view and illogic represented by the left-wing activist groups driving this agenda is unfathomable. They pretend to protect the underprivileged in the name of human rights, this by defending an degraded and unworthy way of living in the midst of a civilized society. Driving this is a generation that grew up having all social services handed to them, never once forced to ask how these luxuries were provided. What we have was made possible by our parents and the people before them. No respect for, nor awareness of that, would seem to be found among them. A society, its services, and its functions can never be taken for granted; it needs to be constantly reconstructed by its inhabitants.
The number of homeless children (among the Malmö citizens, not including migrants from the EU) is increasing rapidly. The main reason is lack of housing. The plan for the occupied area of Malmö is to build 2,500 apartments. But before that can be done, the owner, who hasn’t been able to use his land for more than a year, will have to pay a considerable part of the cost for cleaning the area (approximately 375,000 SEK, or USD 45,000) before he can start building. The main part of the estimated 2.5 million SEK (USD 350.000) cleanup-cost is paid by the Malmö taxpayers. Keep in mind that Malmö is the poorest city in the country, currently receiving a yearly bailout from the government to the tune of USD 600 million. It consistently scores at the bottom in ratings of income, education, employment, and quality of life. If the rest of the country stopped propping it up, the city would have a larger structural deficit than the entire country of Greece.
As for the migrants and the shantytown they have created in Sweden’s third-largest city, no consideration is ever voiced for the people who will have to do the cleaning up or pay the price for this catastrophe.
Sweden is often hailed as a model for well-being and family-friendly socialism, but the squatting migrants show us a sliver of the failure it has become.
Furthermore, this is yet another piece of evidence in the case against the EU. It proves the absurdity of our playing a desperate game of post-war-let’s-pretend, claiming borders and laws don’t matter — until both are overrun and overturned.